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The Saturday Night Supper Club

(The Saturday Night Supper Club #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,573 ratings  ·  392 reviews
Denver chef Rachel Bishop has accomplished everything she’s dreamed and some things she never dared hope, like winning a James Beard award and heading up her own fine-dining restaurant. But when a targeted smear campaign causes her to be pushed out of the business by her partners, she vows to do whatever it takes to get her life back … even if that means joining forces wit ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published February 2018)
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I was entranced by this book! There was such a vibrant sense of the setting, the food, and the emotions of the characters. I loved that the author set the location in her hometown and based the restaurants in the book on some of her favorites there. The story starts with such a great conflict, and I was invested from the get-go with how the journey of Rachel and Alex would progress. There is a great balance of backstory and how it affects the present day, and anticipation for what the future hol ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Before I talk about the book itself, I first must swoon over Alex. He is a “specimen of pure male beauty” … “mussed brown hair”… hazel eyes … and a “chiseled jaw shaded with just the right amount of stubble.” Whew. I’m still fanning from our first glimpse of him. Add in his killer grin, great heart, and general swooniness? HUBBA HUBBA!

But in all his well-intentioned goodness, he inadvertently makes a mess of poor Rachel’s life. (We forgive him, of course, because … hello… did you not just read t

The Saturday night Supper Club is a deliciously
smart romantic comedy that you will want to savour to the very end.

I enjoyed everything about this story, from the wonderful relationships between Rachel and her friends. To the beautiful camaraderie and sweet romance between Alex and Rachel (sigh). The tantalizing descriptions of the food and scenery, that made everything about this book awesome! I never even knew what a Supper Club was until I read this book but I totally want to go to one n
Allison Tebo
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
I read half of this and then had to skim to the end because I couldn't stomach it.

I loved the opening premise—the details about chef, restaurateurs and fine dining reminded me of the grown up versions of Ratatouille. It was fairly well written and the minutiae regarding food and eating were mouthwatering.

HOWEVER, the romance was utterly preposterous and had me groaning and laughing out loud in disbelief. Essentially, the relationship was a lust-a-thon that they were trying to pass off as a div
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Review title: Christian Romance Readers May Like This?

There's a question mark in my review title because honestly I am not a Christian romance reader. I am also highly annoyed Amazon didn't mark this as Christian romance via my Kindle Store because I hard pass Christian romances. I feel uncomfortable reading about people talking about God and acting as if everything good that happens is due to God and when something bad happens, think that praying harder is what they need to do. I don't know. Pr
TONIGHT on Facebook - 2/19/18 at 6PM MDT - author Carla Laureano is hosting a LIVE book club featuring The Saturday Night Super Club.

"You are not the sum of your accomplishments or your failures."

I really enjoyed reading this foodie novel about friendship, love, new beginnings innovative ideas, courage to try, and - yes, food. Lots of creme-de-la-creme food. It's a fresh, lively good novel. Tasty and tastefully done. Not overly sentimental, or overdrawn. And expertly written, perfectly edited.

Amanda Geaney
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Consider this your invitation to The Saturday Night Supper Club. No reservation is needed, just a copy of Carla Laureano’s new book and a few hours of your time. In blending her love of literature and food—she has written an ultra-modern romance sure to appeal to both Christian and mainstream audiences.

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Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love how much of this book involves food! This is the perfect read for a foodie, but even if you’re not a foodie, you will still be able to appreciate all the wonderful descriptions of food. I love the way this author describes the life of a chef and the food industry. I really learned so much and had no idea the grueling life a chef lives.

The characters in this book are so well written! The two main characters have great chemistry that practically leaps off the page and you can almost hear t
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Absolutely nothing interesting happens in this book; it's a massive waste of time. The book just ends abruptly, and left me wondering why most of the story was left untold. The characters were boring, the plot plods along with nothing much happening, and I don't understand how this qualifies as romance when the two main characters kiss about eight times, and profess their love for each other when they barely know each other. Doesn't make any sense. There is no romance in this story; I can easily ...more
Cathy Daniel
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
I admit I skimmed towards the end. I saw the ending coming a mile away but besides that, it's purely personal preference. Someone more into the "foodie" (I hate that overused word, btw) experience may enjoy this more. I didn't care to read all the food details and food service details. Likely because of that I never connected with the main characters except to know Alex was too good for her!
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Laureano's latest novel, the first in her Supper Club series, is a delight for foodies! There's a delectable amount of behind-the-scenes restaurant and cooking detail, as well as some amazing descriptions of food that will literally have readers' mouths watering for a taste. Rachel and Alex's relationship has everything needed to incite sighs of happiness, yet it is not without trials and tension. That only serves to make it seem more realistic and believable. Add to the above the gorgeous Denve ...more
Carole Jarvis
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

Charming, witty, and relevant for today … The Saturday Night Supper Club is all that and more. This is the first book by Carla Laureano that I’ve read and I’m instantly a fan of this skilled author’s work.

As you would expect from the book’s description, there’s plenty of food, friendship and romance – but I was delighted to discover a lot more complexity than I expected. The story combines elements of romance and women’s fiction with rich char
Sarah Monzon
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Saturday Night Supper Club will leave you with all the happy feels, silly grins, and swoony sighs. I’ve been of fan of Carla Laureano’s books since Five Day’s in Skye and was stoked when I saw not only another book from her but another foodie book. The flow of the story is such that it feels like you’ve sat down with your girlfriends over a cup of steaming tea and theyre giving you the scoop on the happenings in their lives. I loved Alex’s sensitivity and charm and how he made Rachel feel sa ...more
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everyone who knows me knows that I am a foodie, I will try anything once, my first bite of solid food was at One Nation in Columbus Ohio and it was Lobster tail.

So when I saw this book I had to read it. Well when I got it I devoured it like a box of Godiva Chocolate in one sitting. I did not stop until I read the very last page.

Laureano, did such a great job with the research, I have to wonder if she just might be a chef herself. And she added a sweet romance to the mix as well.

I loved everythin
Grace Morris
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Grace by: Chantel
4.5 Stars! This book was so deliciously good, with a sweet romance, that I just eat it all up.... Excuse the puns... Lol. =)

I love food. I love cooking. And I love writing. Simple facts. And this book has it all. It was very nice fluffy read, different from I normally read. But it was so enjoyable.

The Christian message in this book is very spot on. We need to be careful what we say, how we interpret things. Maybe not always jump to conclusions. Maybe be a little bit kinder, and maybe, just mayb
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review, 2018
Rachel Bishop is a rising star in the world of gourmet food. Along with partners she has her own restaurant, Paisley, a place where her food is rapidly earning itself a reputation. All feats she’s earned the old-fashioned way, by her own hands and hard work.

Alex Kanin is a freelance writer who’s rebuttal response (about the danger of social media) to an article belittling female chefs backfires. When his piece earns syndicated attention, Rachel’s comments to the media are taken out of context an
Courtney Clark
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Ya'll know I love food. And books. And foodie fiction, which combines the culinary world and story SO WELL. The latest treat I have had the privilege of reading is the recent release from author Carla Laureano, aptly named The Saturday Night Supper Club.

The Saturday Night Supper Club impressed me in so many ways: from the vivid descriptions of place and tantalizing food, to the unique and relevant social media fallout angle as a story influence, and to the portrayal of a life journey filled with
mindful.librarian ☀️
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed it! Inspirational romance isn't usually my thing, but I was not at all turned off by the minor Christianity sprinkled throughout. Preordered book 2 in the series for my Kindle!
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Think about it. Pray about it. The fact that you're concerned about doing the right thing means you're halfway there. Just remember, you're not responsible for everyone else's actions. Only your own. So whatever decision you make, be sure you're doing it because it's what God would have you do, not simply because it's most comfortable." (p 37)

Seriously, can this really be my first Carla Laureano book??? What on earth have I been waiting for? (racing off to hunt down her backlist...wait...better
The Saturday Night Supper Club is simply delicious. Perfectly put together, this book surprised and delighted me, made me incredibly hungry, had me swooning and craving best-friend chats over waffles and coffee, and made it all too easy to fall in love with the characters, the charming setting, and the beautiful writing of Carla Laureano.

Rachel Bishop has worked tirelessly all her life to realise her dreams of running and owning her own restaurant. But a scathing critique, an online essay follow
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rachel Bishop is a chef in Denver. Not just any chef. She is a James Beard Award-winning chef who owns her own fine-dining restaurant. . .that is until everything goes wrong. Or maybe that is when everything started to go right for Rachel. The Saturday Night Supper Club is just "the cuppa tea and scone" that this foodie needed to read.

Rachel is pushed out of her business after an on-line snafu with social media and a tabloid goes awry. Essayist Alex Kanin is the writer who feel responsible for R
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favoritereads
I always love it when I expect one thing from a highly anticipated book and I come away with so much more. My little review won't be able to do justice, but I'm still going to try!

"The Saturday Night Supper Club" has been on my must read list for months, and I was thrilled to get an advance copy to read (GoodReads giveaways are worth the effort!).

I knew the basics of the story. An award-winning chef gets tangled up in the controversy surrounding an article and review that go viral, and she ulti
Beth Erin
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full review on Faithfully Bookish

Although I'm more of a buffet or roadhouse diner myself, this behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of fine dining is fascinating and honestly, a little bit exhausting! I assure you, readers do not need to be hard-core foodies to enjoy the culinary background in this delicious romance!

Rachel Bishop is an uber talented and insanely dedicated chef. Rachel's passion for food saturates the story even as she is forced to take a step back and reevaluate her future
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: colorado, fiction
I really enjoyed this book. I love the way the author brings to life the setting. Denver is a great city and now I want to go visit and eat at all the trendy places. I consider myself a "foodie" so I loved the culinary aspects of the story. The relationship between Rachael and Alex is pretty predictable but the story as whole had some twist and turns. I can't wait to read book two!
Crystal Scott
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We all love going to restaurants and enjoying a dinner with family and/or friends. When we leave that restaurant, sometimes we are sparked to leave a review either on Yelp, Facebook, Twitter, and many other places but one thing is we don't know how that review, if negative, will effect the chefs, staff, and the restaurants business. There are people who all they do is go to restaurants and write an editorial in magazine, newspaper, online, and blog. These reviews can be devastating to the busine ...more
I wanted to love this book. Based on others' reviews, I expected to love this book. Unfortunately, it didn't quite happen. It wasn't Carla Laureano's writing, with which I have no complaints. Maybe hipster foodie fiction is a taste I've yet to acquire.

Once I connected with the characters - at almost 75% through - I began to enjoy the story more. The ending was lovely, tying together all of the threads and themes with a beautiful message. For me, the ending couldn't overcome my initial disconnect
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved the characters and how the story kept revealing more layers as it went along. I'm still thinking on the themes and main points of the book, and some of that was really good- the MC's (both of them really) ability to adapt and change as life circumstances shaped them, especially. But I felt like ther ending was abrupt and maybe undid some of the groundwork that I felt had been laid. The heroines life choices at the very end seemed to come out of left field and appeared to be at odds with ...more
Heidi Chiavaroli
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic romance filled with fun, friendship, and food! I loved the realistic characters of this book, and I especially enjoyed the inside look into the restaurant business. And the food...oh my. I was salivating while reading. :) An unexpected twist at the end made this a completely satisfying read.
Becky Van Daniker
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Saturday Night Supper Club is the first book that I've read by Carla Laureano and it most certainly will not be my last. Readers will find themselves behind the scenes of a restaurant and cooking. This would be the perfect read for foodie lovers because the author's descriptions leap right off the page and right into your nose and taste buds. You know the author did a fabulous job describing the food when you're one of those not-so-adventurous people like me who doesn't like seafood, yet fou ...more
I didn't realize this was an inspie, so while it was my least favorite kind (surprise!), it was also the kind I like most, which is religion is just sort of there in the background and part of lives. The fact that it was clean didn't surprise me, but the implication that there would be no pre-marital sex did for the characters, a little bit, but again, inspie.

It made me very, very hungry.
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Carla Laureano is the RITA® Award-winning author of contemporary inspirational romance and Celtic fantasy (asC.E. Laureano). A graduate of Pepperdine University, she worked as a sales and marketing executive for nearly a decade before leaving corporate life behind to write fiction full-time. She currently lives in Denver with her husband and two sons, where she writes during the day and cooks thin ...more

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